First edition, first printing of this important work on medical x-rays by one of the leaders in the field, George Simon (1902-1977) of St. Bartholomew’s and the Brompton Hospital. Simon was one of the few British radiologists to obtain an international reputation during the 20th century, and was described in his obituary as “one of the greatest and most beloved teachers [radiology] has ever been able to claim” (Pierce, J. W., Clinical Radiology obituary). His later book, Principles of Chest X-Ray Diagnosis, was the standard work for many years, and went into four editions during his lifetime.
This copy is interesting in that it was owned by a practitioner who may well have been one of Simon’s students. The inscription on the front free endpaper, and the label on the jacket, state that it belonged to J. M. Hammerton-Fraser and was given to him in May 1952 “from my Father for passing St. Bartholomew’s Hospital School of Radiography exams in anatomy, x-ray photography, radiographic technique”.
Cambridge: W. Heffer & Sons Ltd, 1949.
Quarto. Original blue cloth, titles to spine gilt. With the dust jacket. Illustrations from x-rays throughout the text. Ownership inscription to the front free endpaper and manuscript ownership ticket to the upper panel of the jacket. Spine slightly rolled, minor bumps to corners. A very good copy in the lightly rubbed and dulled jacket with some small chips and short closed tears.
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